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Chernobyl Day by Chuck Baclagon
April 26, 2010, 6:35 am
Filed under: End the nuclear age, Greenpeace, Stop climate change | Tags: , ,

From the Nuclear Reaction blog

Twenty four years ago today, the Number 4 reactor exploded at Chernobyl. It was the worst nuclear accident the world has ever seen.

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Two people were killed in the explosion. Thirty-seven died of acute radiation sickness soon afterwards. According to engineers who were there, dozens were killed while building the reactor’s concrete sarcophagus. More than 2,000 villages around Chernobyl were contaminated by radioactivity. More than 330,000 people were evacuated and relocated. Statistics predict approximately 270,000 cancers and 93,000 fatal cancer cases will be caused by Chernobyl. At least three million children required medical treatment. The effect on the health of the survivors and their children has been devastating: accelerated ageing, cardiovascular and blood illnesses, psychological illnesses, chromosomal aberrations and an increase in foetal deformations.

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James Lovelock and Chernobyl: anecdotal versus empirical evidence by Chuck Baclagon
August 10, 2009, 7:55 am
Filed under: Stop climate change, End the nuclear age | Tags: , ,

From Nuclear Reaction

A couple of weeks ago we talked about eminent environmentalist James Lovelock and his idea for burying nuclear waste in the rainforests because…

One of the striking things about places heavily contaminated by radioactive nuclides is the richness of their wildlife…

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April, 23 years ago… by Chuck Baclagon
April 26, 2009, 10:41 am
Filed under: End the nuclear age | Tags: , , ,

From Nuclear Reaction
It is April 25th 1986

Technicians at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine are ordered to test the safety emergency reactor core cooling system on the Number 4 reactor. The test is delayed during the day. The night shift operators arrive at midnight but are unprepared to carry out the test.

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2,000 candles… by Chuck Baclagon
Greenpeace marked the anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster with a solemn candle-lighting ceremony.

Greenpeace marked the anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster with a solemn candle-lighting ceremony.

With the images still fresh in our heads, we went out to the wet grass, to light candles. Right after watching, Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl, we went out and lit 2,000 candles to remember those who’ve been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Photos that speak thousands of words by Chuck Baclagon

Photography has always been a powerful tool of communication. It is one of the new media forms that helps change perception and even the structure of society. This is proven by the photo exhibit we put up last Feb 28, 2009 at Malate Church. The exhibit stands with photos of the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, taken by a reknown Dutch photographer, Robert Knoth, where the main focus was on people whose lives have changed drastically and dramatically because of nuclear power. As the parishioners viewed the photos, they were captured by the depressing condition of the subjects. They really took time reading the captions while parents explained to their children the grim effects of the nuclear disaster shown in the photos.

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